Song of the Day: The Youngbloods, “Get Together”

“Get Together,” also known as “Let’s Get Together,” was written by singer-songwriter Chet Powers, stage name Dino Valenti. It was first recorded by The Kingston Trio in 1964 for their live album Back In Town. Versions by We Five and Jefferson Airplane followed. The Youngbloods released a version in 1967 that failed to reach the Top 40, but the song was subsequently used in a PSA by The National Council of Christians and Jews and re-released in 1969. The second time, it reached #5 on the Hot 100, the only hit The Youngbloods would have.

18 thoughts on “Song of the Day: The Youngbloods, “Get Together”

  1. The first time I ever heard this song was the truncated version used in the PSA television version when it appeared on a Sunday night during or after I think it was The Smothers Brothers comedy show. The song immediately caught my attention and I began looking out for more music by The Youngbloods and Jesse Colin Young. Oddly, as much as I liked them, I never bought any group or solo albums on either account. However, not long after I’d heard the song, I was glad to find that it was on an Oak Ridge Boys album back when they were still working as a gospel act. I’d become a big fan of the Oaks and had purchased several of their albums. They are among the vinyl collection that I have retained.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    1. As I recall, we actually did “Get Together” in church back in the ’60’s when anything went. The radio show “Power Line” (a religious broadcast for teens that WCFL used to play) would play it every week. I bet if the show is still going, they’re still playing it.

      I don’t think The Oak Ridge Boys ever totally gave up gospel. Thank God.

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  2. Theirs is the only version I’m familiar with. I might have to look for the one by Jefferson Airplane. It was interesting to learn about the PSA connection. Would that this song could become popular today.

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